Sabarimala: HC directs Govt to decide on arranging spot booking at midway camps

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Kochi: The Kerala High Court directed the government and the Devaswom to decide on implementing spot booking facility during Sabarimala Mandalam pilgrimage season at midway camps (Idathavalam).

The Devaswom Bench comprising Justice Anil K Narendran and Justice P G Ajith Kumar also directed that the details of the places where spot booking facility is available should be published via media.

The spot booking is arranged in addition to the existing virtual queue system. State Attorney General N Manoj Kumar informed that at least 500 slots will be set aside for spot booking.

The court was considering the petitions regarding handing over the regulation of virtual queue to the Devaswom. The court made it clear that the order on who should control the virtual queue website will be issued on November 17.

The government informed that spot booking facility will be arranged at Nilakkal, Erumeli and Kumily. Booking will commence from November 16. Upto 30,000 pilgrims will be allowed per day.

Travancore Devaswom lawyer Adv G Biju and others demanded that spot booking facility should be available in more places including railway stations and airports.

The pilgrims can use their Aadhaar card, voter's ID and passport for booking. The software will be updated so that passport can be used for virtual queue booking, the government informed.

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